LFW22 | Shorts Competition

Monday 5 December 2022



Directed by Andzej Gavriss
Ukraine | Drama | 2022 | 3 min


Displacement crisis has reached 100 million people globally. 60+ Ukrainian refugees were involved in making the film, sending a message of support to all refugees. The film focuses on the PTSD that people experience after fleeing the war.


Director: Andzej Gavriss
Writers: Andzej Gavriss, Konstantin Koval, Rick Dodds
Producers: Blake Powell, Thomas Bartl, Marc Haferbusch
Key Cast: Olya Shevchuk, Ivan Dorn, Olya Storozhuk, Anna Furdui
This film will play before
feature film Holy Spider


Monday 5 December 2022


The Garden Cinema
39-41 Parke Street
London WC2B 5PQ

About the Director

Andzej Gavriss is a multi award-winning director originally hailing from Eastern Europe – Latvia. Graduated from the University of Audio Visual Arts in 2015, Director has already cultivated a strong body of work that showcases his incredible appetite for experimental filmmaking. Gavriss work has won a GOLD for Director of the year at Shots Awards 2021, Grand Prize at CLIO, GOLD for Direction at CLIO, Silver at Cannes Lions, Gold Screen at YDA 2020, Wooden Pencil for Direction at D&AD, Gold at Cresta Awards for outstanding direction, Gold at UKMVA, Honoree at Webby, Gold for Direction at Golden Drum 2021, best cinematography in the music video at Camerimage, been nominated several times at Camerimage, Ciclope, Raindance, UKMVA, Kinsale Sharks, Epica Awards, Eurobest, Berlin Commercial Festival, Staff Pick, BMVA, NIFF, Lift-Off Los Angeles and many other festivals. Gavriss joined Ciclope Festival 2021 as a speaker to showcase his work and share a breakdown of his craft. The distinctly stylised portfolio combines beautifully crafted shots with storytelling that packs a punch. Andzej is a keen traveler, now based between LA and Berlin and shooting projects internationally. In 2022 director jointed Clio Music Festival as a jury member in music video category.

Director Statement

“Since the war broke out, I have been hearing many stories from Ukrainian refugees detailing the debilitating effects of PTSD. The subject felt so important, yet not much was being said in the public. After speaking with many Ukrainian friends and long-time collaborators, we decided to make a film together and use our art as our way of contributing. It was important that we cast real refugee actors in the film to tell their own stories. Despite all the pain, the film ends with a message of hope and unity – to stand together and give strength to one other.”